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WIPO Global Awards

WIPO's Global Awards program recognizes exceptional enterprises and individuals using intellectual property (IP) to make a positive impact - both at home and beyond their own borders.

The Global Awards program is rooted in WIPO’s mission to ensure a world where innovation and creativity from anywhere is supported by intellectual property for the good of everyone. The awards recognize and support those whose skills contribute to progress and improve other people’s lives.

Each year, a diverse, independent seven-person international jury with expertise in IP, innovation and business will evaluate a group of self-nominated candidates from WIPO's Member States.

About the Inaugural WIPO Global Awards: SMEs

IP in its different forms, ranging from patents and trademarks to industrial designs and copyright, is of immense significance for the economic, social and cultural development of society.

SMEs make up a large share of economies, whether in developed or less developed countries, and are a critical source of innovation and creativity across all sectors, markets and aspects of life.

The WIPO Global Awards Program recognizes the central role of innovative and creative activities of SMEs and recognizes those that have used IP rights to develop solutions that have made a positive contribution to society, economically, socially, or culturally.

The WIPO Global Awards is a free competition, participants will not be charged.

Yes. The first WIPO Global Awards is open to SMEs. A Special Global Awards for Youth and Women is planned.

WIPO Global Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Meet the 2022 finalists | Meet the 2022 jury | Press release | Winners | Photos on Flickr | Watch the event

Videos are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

WIPO Global Awards Online Roundtable

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

This event took stock on the role that the IP system plays in providing incentives to innovative and creative SMEs for translating great ideas in profitable business.

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What will the WIPO Global Awards winners receive:

The WIPO Global Awards honorees will receive a number of privileges including:

International promotion, recognition, and visibility.

Attendance at the Awards ceremony.

A personalized mentorship program for IP commercialization.

A sponsorship program to facilitate access to funding and partnership opportunities.

Who can enter the WIPO Global Awards for SMEs

The competition is open to SMEs worldwide. Pursuant to the definition of the World Bank, SMEs are those “enterprises that encompass up to 300 employees and up to 15 US$ millions of total annual sales”.